Engineers Without Borders - Supporting Our Community Projects
USC's chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB-USC) partners with communities locally and internationally to implement projects that will improve their infrastructure and help meet the basic needs of these communities.
By designing and implementing environmentally sustainable, equitable, and economical engineering projects, EWB-USC is not only serving the community, but they are also giving student members a chance to expand their perspectives. Through their domestic and international projects, EWB members have the opportunity to apply their classroom knowledge to professional practice. Furthermore, EWB-USC helps to develop strong leadership skills in student members in an effort to produce effective leaders working for a meaningful purpose.
Internationally EWB-USC is conducting a water system renovation project in Antigua, Guatemala with Common Hope, a non-governmental organization committed to improving education, health, and development in Guatemala. Common Hope cannot currently provide the basic necessity of clean water to the 17 communities they directly impact due to contamination in their only water well.
This past summer three members of our team and two professional engineers conducted an assessment trip and found safety hazards in the electrical system, corrosion in the well, and contamination from sediment. We are currently working on designs to combat these issues, and we are having our first implementation trip in the summer of 2017.
Additionally, during our assessment trip, we were fortunate enough to join Common Hope on social work visits to the families they support. Through this experience we learned how heavily the communities rely on Common Hope’s campus, health clinic, and academic support, and were able to see first-hand how necessary and impactful our project really is.
Antigua and its surrounding areas have vastly under-served populations that deserve clean water, and EWB-USC is committed to helping them!
EWB-USC is also partnering with the EWB-OC Professional Chapter to repurpose old monorail bridges into pedestrian walkways at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Unfortunately, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park had to abandon the monorail system due to cost. They are now depending on EWB-USC and EWB-OC to make use of the left over infrastructure in order to improve this beautiful, community-driven park.
Funding is needed for travel to the sites, lodging (for the Antigua project), as well as supplies and mate rials.
PLEASE MAKE A GIFT TODAY in support of our Engineers Without Borders Program at USC.
By supporting EWB-USC, you are helping our student team “to better understand and account for the extent to which our efforts are going in the right direction, whether progress and success can be claimed, whether we are making the changes we hoped to make, and how future efforts might be improved” – Engineers Without Borders USA
No matter the amount, EVERY GIFT MAKES A DIFFERENCE, so we thank you for your continued support of EWB-USC.
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